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Where Did All the Skyscrapers Go?

September 10, 2011 - Joselyn King
We commemorate this weekend 10 years since terrorists attacks destroyed and took down the World Trade Center in New York amid fire, ashes, dust and death.

The sentiment then was that a structure would rise again above the site, and apparently one will. After months and years of debate and disagreements regarding the design of the building -- and whether one should even be built -- work continues on One World Trade Center (the Freedom Tower).

The bad news, though, is it's the only skyscraper presently under construction in America -- a country where corporations and developers used to compete to build the world's tallest buildings.

And it's not that skyscrapers aren't being constructed elsewhere. Dubai and China have seen the need to build many industrial centers reaching upward to the stars.

I guess when one thinks about it, why would there be a need in America for skyscrapers? Corporations are downsizing, and the jobs that might have once been based in the buildings are no longer in this country.

When terrorists struck and toppled the World Trade Center, they seemingly struck at America's ingenuity, courage and desire to achieve and reach upward.

It was 50 years ago that America strived to reach the moon, and beat the Russians to get there. Today the space program -- and the benefits from its research -- have all but been discontinued, and apparently the intent is to hitch rides to the International Space Station with . . . the Russians.

Prior to the 9-11 attacks of 2001, patrons would sit in the "Windows on the World" restaurant, eating, drinking and dreaming of what could be achieved as they looked out upon the New York skyline.

Coincidently, that new One World Trade Center skyscraper will not have a restaurant on its top floors.


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